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Women In Comics Statistics: DC And Marvel, June 2014 In Review

September 1, 2014

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Last Friday, my latest “Gendercrunching” column went up over at Bleeding Cool, and after a lengthy drought Marvel finally topped DC for the highest percentage of female creators.

Marvel rose to 12% female creators overall, while DC fell to 10.1%. With the departures of Kate Durre and Katie Kubert in recent months, DC’s assistant editor numbers have dropped dramatically. After six months in second place, Marvel was able to rise to the top with relatively mundane numbers.

We also took a look at the stats by nationality and ethnicity and, no surprise, white men still make up the majority of comic book creators by a considerable margin. Not much is changing in terms of the ethnic make-up of Big Two creators, which is sad to see. Any progress would be a big positive, but the numbers are absolutely stagnant.

Head on over to Bleeding Cool for the full stats and analysis!

Women At DC Comics Watch – November 2014 Solicits

August 27, 2014

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After years of ludicrously subpar representation, DC Comics has started to increase their number of female creators. In November, should the solicits hold true, they’ll hit a new high for combined cover artists, writers, and interior artists. DC’s progress over the past several months has been a lovely change of pace, and with lots of room still left to improve hopefully we’ll see this growth continue. Let’s take a look at their November 2014 solicits:

  • For New 52 writers, Meredith Finch starts her run on Wonder Woman #36, Ann Nocenti is on Klarion #2, Genevieve Valentine pens Catwoman #36, Kate Perkins co-writes Supergirl #36, Becky Cloonan co-writes Gotham Academy #2, Amanda Conner co-writes Harley Quinn #12, and Marguerite Bennett co-writes Earth 2 #28 and the weekly Earth 2: World’s End #5-8.
  • For New 52 art, Jan Duursema has pages in Earth 2: Worlds’ End #6-8, Sandra Hope is inking Batman/Superman #16, Babs Tarr is illustrating Batgirl #36, Amanda Conner is doing the cover for Harley Quinn #12, and Emanuela Lupacchino is doing the cover for Worlds’ Finest #28 and the cover and interiors for Supergirl #36.
  • Outside of the New 52, Joelle Jones is drawing He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #19, Cat Staggs is doing the cover for Smallville Season 11: Chaos #4, and Amy Mebberson is drawing a story in Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #4.
  • Over at Vertigo, Ming Doyle is on interior art for The Kitchen #1 while Becky Cloonan draws the cover, Caitlin Kittredge is writing Coffin Hill #13, Meghan Hetrick and Tula Lotay are drawing Bodies #5, Celia Calle is doing the cover for The Names #3, and Yuko Shimizu is doing the cover for The Unwritten: Apocalypse #11.
  • There’s not a lot in the way of new series coming in November, but Gotham by Midnight #1 has two female characters out of six on the main cover. Vertigo’s The Kitchen focuses on mob wives who take over their husbands’ racket, so that should be a very cool, female led book, especially with the fantastic creators on board.

All together, the November 2014 solicits list 20 different women working on 19 different books, marking the first time we’ve ever been above the teens for either DC or Marvel since this column began three years ago. The October solicits had 17 women on 21 books, so we’re a bit up and down comparatively, but November also marks the highest combined total for the two categories we’ve seen thus far.

What’s particularly encouraging is that most of these jobs are long-term gigs. Occasionally we’ll get bigger numbers boosted by one-shots or variant covers, but I expect to see at least 16 of these 20 women back next month, if not more. While there’s not a lot in the way of new faces this month (though Kate Perkins on Supergirl is certainly new), it’s good to see creators who’ve popped up in the past come back again, like Sandra Hope, Joelle Jones, and Ming Doyle.

It’s a slow month for female characters, but October was pretty big for new books and creative shake-ups, and Wonder Woman gets dual new directions in November with new creative teams on both Wonder Woman and Superman/Wonder Woman. And The Kitchen sounds fabulous, plus Jordie Bellaire is going to be colouring the book as well.

Overall, this is DC’s strongest month since we started keeping track of female representation there, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to stop and celebrate. Things are definitely improving, which is wonderful, and DC certainly deserves some credit. However, male creators still number in the triple digits and there’s tons of rooms left for female representation to improve further. Onward and upward, DC! You’re on the right track.

Women At Marvel Comics Watch – October 2014 Solicits

August 4, 2014

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After several months of poor showings in the solicits, October looks somewhat better for female creators and characters at Marvel but still far from good. As much as there are a couple new female creators to celebrate, the numbers remain very low. As much as female characters are set to appear in several books, they’re vastly outnumbered by male characters and a lot of these appearances are limited engagements. Let’s look at the October 2014 solicits.

  • For writers, Kelly Sue DeConnick is on Captain Marvel #8, G. Willow Wilson pens Ms. Marvel #9, Corinna Bechko co-writes Savage Hulk #5, and Robin Furth co-writes Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – The Prisoner #3.
  • For artists, Ariela Kristantina is drawing Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy #2 and Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy #3, Stephanie Hans is doing the cover for Storm #4, and Amanda Conner is drawing the covers for Miracleman #11 and Painkiller Jane: The 22 Brides #3.
  • For female characters, Rogue and the Scarlet Witch look to be part of the Avengers & X-Men: AXIS event (I thought they died?), Storm of Mystique are part of AXIS Revolutions, and X-23, Lady Deathstrike, and Mystique are some of the leads in Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy. These are all limited series.
  • Meanwhile, at least three new ongoing series are launching with male leads, and the cover for the special Marvel 75th Anniversary Celebration #1 features 38 men and 13 women along with no female creators whatsoever despite a lengthy list of writers and artists.

All together, 7 different women are working on 9 different books in October, which is certainly better than September’s 5 and 6, respectively. Nonetheless, this is still a very low amount. In this day and age, if a massive publisher like Marvel can’t hit double digits for female creators, they’re obviously just not trying hard enough. There are a lot of them out there, many of them quite good. There’s no lack of talent to draw from, and yet here we are with only 7 women across upwards of 75-80 comic books.

On the plus side, there are some new names. Ariela Kristantina is an Indonesian artist that I haven’t heard of before these solicits; her art looks very cool. And while I’ve definitely heard of Corinna Bechko, I can’t recall her working on any mainline Marvel books lately, though she did co-write Marvel’s Once Upon a Time graphic novel from last year. It’s always good to see new names, though lately with Marvel they don’t stick around for very long. Hopefully that is not the case for these women.

As for female characters, there’s a bit of representation in the AXIS event books but for each pair of women attached to the titles there are about 10 or so men as well. Things are better in the Death of Wolverine books, where the female characters appear to be playing a more central role, but the mini-series will be over quickly. All of the new ongoing books for October are led by male characters, though next month we will probably see the new female Thor and perhaps more.

Overall, the numbers for female creators have improved somewhat, but they’re still a long way from good and they remain very inconsistent. Marvel needs to a) hire more women, b) get them on regular gigs, and c) stop getting white dudes to make all of their comics. Maybe then men wouldn’t dominate the character side of things as much.

Women In Comics Statistics: DC And Marvel, May 2014 In Review

July 25, 2014

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The May 2014 “Gendercrunching” column is up over at Bleeding Cool, and DC took the top spot for the sixth straight month, just barely edging out Marvel for the higher percentage of female creators.

DC fell to 11.8% female creators overall, and after a solid gain from April, Marvel rose to 11.7% female creators. Given recent trends, DC’s streak might get broken with the June report.

We also look at four smaller publishers: Archie, Avatar, Zenescope, and Valiant. Of the four, Zenescope is the only publisher with a decent female presence, and their representation is very uneven. The rest have very few women at all, including one publisher without a single female creator at any level of comic production.

Head on over to Bleeding Cool for all of the “Gendercrunching” fun, and check out their Comic-Con news coverage while you’re there!

Women At DC Comics Watch – October 2014 Solicits

July 17, 2014

womenatdcOCTOBER

This month’s DC Comics solicits report is aka. the Marguerite Bennett show. She’s got a big month lined up, along with a slew of other female creators and a few new books starring female characters as well. October should be a busy, exciting month for DC Comics, so let’s take a look at what’s coming up:

  • For New 52 writers, Ann Nocenti is on Klarion #1, Genevieve Valentine pens Catwoman #1, Becky Cloonan co-writes Gotham Academy #1, Amanda Conner co-writes Harley Quinn #11 and Harley Quinn Annual #1, and Marguerite Bennett co-writes Earth 2 #7 and Earth 2: World’s End #1-4 (it’s weekly).
  • For New 52 art, Meghan Hetrick is drawing Batman: Eternal #28, Babs Tarr is drawing Batgirl #35, Jan Duursema is doing a variant cover for Grayson #3, Becky Cloonan is doing covers for Gotham Academy #1 and Detective Comics #35, and Amanda Conner is doing covers for Harley Quinn #11 and Harley Quinn Annual #1.
  • Outside of the New 52, Marguerite Bennett co-writes Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Two Annual #1, Cat Staggs is doing the cover for Smallville Season 11: Chaos #3, Marguerite Sauvage is illustrating a story in Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #3, and Georgia Ball is writing Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #50.
  • For Vertigo, Meghan Hetrick and Tula Lotay have art in Bodies #4 while Jenny Frison is doing the cover, Caitlin Kittredge writes Coffin Hill #12, Celia Calle is doing the cover for The Names #2, Marguerite Sauvage is doing the cover for Hinterkind #12, Yuko Shimizu is the cover artist for The Unwritten: Apocalypse #10, and the Vertigo Quarterly: Yellow #1 features writing from Marguerite Bennett and art from Toril Orlesky.
  • In terms of new books, Power Girl and Huntress look to have a big role in the new Earth 2: World’s End weekly series, Arkham Manor has a woman, perhaps Poison Ivy, front and centre on the cover, Gotham Academy has a female lead, and the new Trinity of Sin co-stars Pandora.
  • There are also some cool creative shake-ups, with new takes on Batgirl and Catwoman premiering in October.

So yeah, it’s quite a month for women at DC! All together, 17 different women are working on 21 different titles in October, an impressive jump from September’s 13 and 12 as well as the highest combined total we’ve seen since this project launched nearly three years ago. These are great numbers, but as always please remember that the number of male creators in DC’s solicits is still in triple digits. Things are getting better, but female creators remain a very small minority.

What’s especially nice about this month’s solicits are all the new names. It’s always great to see old favourites, but new female creators are what is really going to change the industry. While it’s a bummer that there’s no Gail Simone this month, for perhaps the first time since this project began (she’ll be back soon with a new project, though!), growing the ranks of female creators at DC is a very positive thing. DC finally seems to be thinking outside of their dusty old rolodex and actively seeking new talent, and that is an exciting shift.

Also exciting are the new and revamped female characters debuting in October. Gotham Academy looks like an absolute blast, and the new Batgirl has already inspired a mountain of fan art. I’m excited for the new Catwoman as well; the book got off to a bad start with the New 52 and hasn’t yet found its footing in the new universe, and hopefully this will sort it out.

Overall, October looks pretty awesome for DC. The new books are garnering lots of excitement, and this explosion of new female talent is an extremely welcome change of pace for DC. Here’s hoping we get more of the same next month!

Women At Marvel Comics Watch – September 2014 Solicits

July 4, 2014

womenatmarvelSEPTEMBER

I’m still catching up on a few things, post-vacation, and one of them is the Marvel solicits for September. Yet again, they aren’t very good for female creators or new female characters, which is unfortunate. Marvel is capable of so much better. Let’s go through their September 2014 solicits:

  • For writers, Kelly Sue DeConnick is on Captain Marvel #7, G. Willow Wilson pens Ms. Marvel #8, and Robin Furth is co-writing Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – The Prisoner #1 and Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – The Prisoner #2 (the book double-ships in September).
  • For artists, Stephanie Hans is doing a variant cover for Storm #3 and Sara Pichelli is doing the cover for All-New X-Men #32.
  • And that’s it.
  • For new books, the Death of Wolverine is the big new thing, shipping weekly throughout the month. There are also some Spider-Verse tie-ins, including Edge of Spider-Verse #2 which features a universe where Gwen Stacey is the webbed superhero. There are also two new licensed properties, Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – The Prisoner and George Romero’s Empire of the Dead: Act Two, neither of which appear to have much in the way of female characters.

All together, the September solicits list 5 different female creators working on 6 different books, a very slight increase from August’s 5 and 5. This is pitiful. There are vast numbers of skilled female creators out there, many of whom Marvel has hired before, so only having 5 across more than 70 comics books is just inexcusable. Great women creators are out there and not difficult to find. I really don’t understand why they’re not hitting double digits with ease each month.

If we want to look on the positive side, last September Marvel had only 3 different women working on 4 different books, so I suppose they’ve gone from terrible to a little bit less terrible over the course of a year. Well done!

In terms of female characters, while an issue about Gwen Stacey as Spider-Woman sounds like a lot of fun, it’s a one-and-done story that won’t be back next month. It’s a relatively quiet month for new titles at Marvel, so technically a female-led story is decent representation, but it’s not lasting representation by any means.

Overall, these numbers are awful. The five female creators are fantastic talents, but only five is appallingly few. Marvel is capable of so much better. There are more ladies working on Lumberjanes than there are in the whole of Marvel’s September solicits. It’s ridiculous.

Women In Comics Statistics: DC And Marvel, April 2014 In Review

July 3, 2014

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The latest “Gendercrunching” article is up over at Bleeding Cool, and DC yet again retained the higher percentage of female creators.

Both publishers were down in April, but DC came in at 12.1% female creators overall, while Marvel trailed behind at 10.5% overall, making this the fifth month in a row that DC’s topped Marvel. Marvel really needs to get it together; there was a time when they beat DC for about a year straight.

We also check in on some other publishers: Dark Horse, Dynamite, IDW, and Boom. There are some encouraging numbers from each publisher, as well as significant growth for 3 of the 4 of them, and the highest numbers we’ve ever seen from any publisher courtesy of Boom.

Head on over to Bleeding Cool for all of the “Gendercrunching” fun!


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